Apple computers hacked for ransom

Matt Buchanan/ MGN

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A hacking software successfully targeted Apple computers for the first time, company researchers said.

The software is called ransomeware because hackers use it to hijack a computer, locking out its user until a ransom is paid. Apple said it has taken steps to protect its users and responded by updating its antivirus software.

Apple users should immediately perform a security check in their computer’s activity monitors, Apple researchers said.

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